How to Clean Ninja Coffee Bar – Keep Your Coffee Machine Nice & Fresh (2020)

Wouldn’t it be great if you never hard to clean your Ninja Coffee Bar but still get tasty and refreshing coffee in every brew? Well, we would all love that.

But is it really possible?

Unfortunately, it is not. You need to wash your coffee maker if you want it to remain in great shape and this is still so if you use filtered water for your coffee.

So why is it that important?

Failing to clean your coffee machine regularly and doing it right leads to a buildup of calcium and other minerals. It can be really nasty on the inside even if you do not see it and the worst part is that you will be drinking all this nastiness.

Picture this, every time you use tap water to make coffee, it will have some calcium in it which unlike the water does not evaporate but instead collects at the bottom of the machine.

Cleaning your Ninja Coffee Bar is something simple, and you do not have to do it every other day. And so just sparing a few minutes of your weekend time after every couple of months is enough.

But, how do you clean it? Read on to learn how to clean Ninja coffee bar.

What Will You Need

Before, you start cleaning the coffee maker the first step should always be to gather the necessary supplies. This seems obvious, doesn’t it? Well, it might be, but you should not be surprised to find out that you do not have something vital just as you are about to start cleaning. And so you have to postpone to another day.

So what exactly do you need?

  • Ninja Coffee Bar (of course, you cannot clean what you do not have)
  • White Vinegar or lemon juice
  • Water
  • Paper Filter
  • An empty cup
  • Dry piece of cloth and another damp one
  • Soft foam brush and a bottle brush
  • Soap
  • Dishwasher (optional)

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How to Clean and Descale the Ninja Coffee Bar

If you have not cleaned your Ninja Coffee Bar in a long time, the “Clean” button will illuminate if the model has one. If yours does not have it, then you should rely on instinct or if you are sensitive enough the taste and smell of your coffee to determine when you need to clean it.

Yeah, that’s right some people can tell even the slightest change in taste or smell of their coffee.

And when it comes to cleaning and descaling there are two simple methods that you can use.

Using White Vinegar

  • Step #1: Get a Big Bottle of Vinegar

The first step in cleaning your coffee maker should always be to get a big bottle of white vinegar. Since you will be washing the machine, again and again, it is a good idea to buy a lot of vinegar.

Most people will fail to clean their coffee maker merely because they run out of vinegar and do not have the time to go shopping.

  • Step #2: Prepare Vinegar Mixture

There are different opinions when it comes to making the vinegar and water mixture. While some people prefer to use more vinegar, others will prefer less. But, most coffee maker companies will recommend that you use a ratio of 1:1.

However, if you suspect that you have a more severe calcium accumulation or have gone several months without cleaning the machine, it is okay to use more vinegar.

  • Step #3: Run Water through the Machine

Most people always forget to rinse their coffee maker after a brew.

What about you?

Did you do it the last time you made some coffee? Even if you did not, it should be the first step when cleaning. And to do this, you should add some water to the reservoir and run the machine to remove any debris from the last brewing session.

  • Step #4: Pour In the Mixture and Run the Machine

So let’s go to the most important part. After you run clean water through the Ninja coffee maker, the next and most crucial step is to add the vinegar solution. Make sure that you add it up to the Max fill line.

And once you do this you should run the machine by pressing the brew button.

  • Step #5: Turn the Machine Off After the Brew

After about one minute or once the coffee maker brews the vinegar solution you should turn it off. But do not pour out the mixture.

Instead, let it sit on the coffee maker for another 30 minutes. Doing this allows the vinegar to break down the calcium deposit on the machine. Which is what you are trying to do isn’t it?

  • Step #6: Run the Machine Again

After the 30 minutes, you should rerun your machine for at least 30 minutes to complete the brew cycle. You can then pour out the vinegar solution after this.

However, it is always a good idea to leave it to sit on the brewer for another 30 minutes just to be sure that all the calcium is broken down. Sounds reasonable, doesn’t it?

  • Step #7: Pour Out the Vinegar Solution and Rinse the Coffee Maker

Once you finish the second brewing and soaking sessions, you should discard the water in the reservoir and also remove and throw the paper filter. You should then add some water to the machine to rinse out the vinegar. Do this at least 3 times or as many as it takes to get rid of the vinegar smell entirely.

Descaling your Ninja Coffee Bar

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Using Lemon Juice

  • Step #1: Prepare Lemon Mixture

White vinegar is what most people prefer to use when cleaning their Ninja coffee makers. But, it is not the only solutions. Lemon juice works just as well. Let me show you how to use it.

The first step is to mix your concentrated lemon juice or what you squeeze from your lemons with water. Keep the ratio at 1:1 to make the solution potent enough.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

  • Step #2: Add the Lemon Juice Mixture to the Machine

You should also run some water through the machine to remove any debris before adding the lemon mixture. Once you do this, the next step is to add the lemon juice solution up to the max line on the reservoir. You should then run the machine for about one minute and leave the mixture to soak it for about 20 minutes.

  • Step #3: Run the Machine Again

Before we proceed, do you know how dirty your coffee maker is? It is not always easy to tell, but you can only guess depending on the frequency of using and cleaning it. Hence, to be on the safe side, you should brew the lemon juice solution one more time and leave it to soak the coffee maker for another 20 minutes.

  • Step #4: Discard the Solution and Filter before Rinsing

Discard the solution after the two rounds of cleaning and also throw away the old filter. Lastly, you should rinse the machine with clean water thoroughly. Doing this will get rid off any lemon smell or taste that might ruin your coffee.

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Cleaning After Every Brew

Do you always remember to wash your coffee maker after every brew? The answer is probably no, but it is also a straightforward process because all you have to do is keep these 5 easy steps in mind.

  • Step #1: Unplug the Machine

After making the coffee the first step in cleaning it is always to unplug it from the power source. But, make sure that you give it enough time to cool down before cleaning. And also remember to close the Drip Stop.

  • Step #2: Remove Parts

It turns out that you can remove some parts and clean them in the sink or a dishwasher. Doesn’t this make things easy for you? You should take out the paper filter and discard it and then take out the brew basket and permanent filter if you use it.

  • Step #3: Washing the Parts

It is important to note that the brew basket is not dishwasher safe and so you should clean it with warm water and soap in the sink. Also, clean the permanent filter if you use one.

  • Step #4: Wash Carafe and Brew-Through Lid

The next step is to wash the brew-through lid and carafe with some warm water and soap. Also, use a soft cloth or bottlebrush when cleaning the inside of the carafe and make sure you never use a wire brush. As easy as cleaning your regular milk frother.

  • Step #5: Wipe the Machine

You cannot say you know how to clean Ninja Coffee Bar if you cannot wipe the machine thoroughly. And it is also the last step when cleaning it after a brew. You should wipe it with soap, warm water, and cloth. But, make sure that the warming plate is cool before cleaning with the damp cloth and you should NEVER immerse the base of the coffee maker in water.

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Pro Tips for Cleaning the Ninja Coffee Bar

Are you one of those individuals that are always in a hurry in the morning but would still want some fresh and instant coffee? If so, the Ninja Coffee Bar is always a very reliable machine. However, this is only true if you keep in good shape by following these tips.

  • Use the self-cleaning feature to slow down the accumulation of calcium deposits if you do not have time for thorough cleaning.

  • Only use white vinegar for cleaning because most of the other vinegar types can damage your machine.

  • A soft foam brush is always the best when you want to clean the thermal carafe thoroughly.

  • The best time to clean your Ninja Coffee Bar is always when the “Clean” button illuminates.

  • Components like the glass carafe, water reservoir, filter, brew-through lid and flip-top lid are safe to wash in your dishwasher. But, you should also note that the brew basket is not dishwasher safe.


So what’s the secret to keeping your Ninja Coffee Bar in the best condition?

The answer is simple, frequent cleaning. Fact is you cannot have a coffee maker that serves you well if you do not clean it regularly. And now that you know how to clean it using different solutions, nothing should stop you from doing it.

Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it?

But it is even easier to forget to clean and so you should always remember to check for illumination of the Clean’ button. Are you ready now to clean the appliance and keep it in good shape?

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  1. Ok I have cleaned my ninja 3 times in 2 days and the light won’t go off and it isnt letting me set the clock ether used vinegar 2 times today and descaling solution also and nothing it’s been 3 weeks since I cleaned it last help please


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